I am a portrait photographer, but I enjoy reliving memories from a video like anyone else. This semester at Brooks Institute I had to take the video class. My group and I filmed on a Canon 5D Mark II and created some really cool videos. The video above is my favorite from the session…mostly because I was able to edit and pick out the music (from one of my favorite singers Kina Grannis). We had a lot of fun baking cookies and shooting a lovely story. I am so glad that I took this class and I hope I will have access to video equipment in the future. How does this video make you feel?
Now I will continue with my second year into the world of Lomography. I bought a 35mm camera called the La Sardina because I only had medium format cameras that took 120mm film. There were a ton of films that I wanted to try that were only made in 35mm so I grabbed my favorite one up as soon as I could. The La Sardina has a wide-angle lens, which means you can see a lot more of the scenery on the final image. It also comes with this amazing flash called Fritz the Blitz. I love the shape and look to it because it reminds me of a vintage camera flash. It’s definitely the easiest camera to use of the Lomography world and they come in a variety of different styles ranging from colorful and plastic to real metal.
I recently made the investment to buy an LC-A+ camera. I have always wanted one, but I was hesitant to just drop almost $300 for another camera. Then they released the beautiful Silver Lake version and I knew that was the one that I had to have if I was going to ever buy one. Thankfully I have a job at my school’s equipment checkout/studios and I had a 20% off code (that also included a bunch of freebies for spending so much) so I took the leap. I have to say it was a worthy investment. They tend to do a lot of limited edition versions of this cameras, so it’s always tough to decide which one will be THE one. It’s a stunning camera and produces high quality images. I like printing on luster paper for my prints so I when I scan it doesn’t come out as clear as when you look at the image in your hands. Please excuse the grainy quality and I’m currently looking to buy a better quality scanner in the future. I absolutely love the first roll and I can’t wait to experiment with it more.
My last lomography camera is a little gem called the LomoKino. This camera is a small box shape with a hand crank that creates little film strips! In reality you are making a time lapse, but it’s still a great concept that you are making films using 35mm film. It takes a lot of editing and work to create the films, but the camera and process is so much fun. I’ve only created one film so far (I have little time here in school for video making), but I am extremely excited to try some more. Here is a few frames from that film followed by the film itself. Forgive me for the poor sound editing, as I had no experience using Final Cut Pro at the time of creating my first LomoKino film. As you can see each time you turn the crank you here a click. This is the shutter opening and closing so the faster you spin the handle, the more fluid your video will become. It is really fun to look at the negatives from this stuff because you are able to see all the frames of your film.
I hope that you learned a lot about these great cameras from my posts…and now for the great news!! I created a lomography portfolio site separate from this blog. I will post photos, tips for films, great lomo locations, and more! I hope you enjoy the new unveiling of Lauren Loves Lomo and stay tuned for more lomography fun (in the future you can access the site by clicking on the lomography banner on the front page). And finally, I am also offering lomography portrait sessions! You will get an entire session shot with the camera and film of your choice and then you get to keep the prints when I develop them. I am also offering a service where you and I will shoot on location together. You get to borrow a lomography camera of your choice, we will shoot together, and I will provide you tips on how to make the best of your film (I promise a basic film post is next)! I love the art of lomography and I hope that I can pass this love on to you. The digital age has created ease to photography, but I believe there’s nothing that can compare to the anticipation of waiting for seeing the photographs in your hands. Which camera are you most excited to try out?
Film has always held a special place in my heart. The first time I fell in love with photography when when I used film. In an age where everything is digital and hard drives to store all of your information, it’s hard to find a market for film. But thanks to a company called Lomography, we have access to relatively cheap film cameras that anyone can use. I started lomography in my first year at Brooks and haven’t looked back. After my very first hired job I used some of the money to buy myself an Oktomat. It is a small plastic camera that has eight small lenses on the front. They fire off one after the other to create an eight panel sequence on one single picture. Here are some examples of what an Oktomat can produce.
A few months later, I discovered a long-forgotten Holga camera. In high school I won it as a prize from my photography teacher for having the best photo series in the class. I had totally forgotten about it, but was excited to experiment with it. This is probably the simplest of the lomography cameras to work and by far the most accessible. I promise that all the colors in these pictures are original. As a lomographer I dedicate myself to not editing the original negatives in post-production. The beauty of lomography is not knowing what you’re going to get and I like to keep it as raw as possible. If you’re wondering how to get these vibrant and unique colors in camera, I will talk about cross-processing film in my next lomography post!
The Diana F+ is my favorite lomography camera. With it’s cute design, dreamy images, and a square format, the Diana proves to be fun every time I use it. Images are a snap to take and the camera makes the coolest sound when you hit the shutter.
Since I have so many amazing cameras to talk about, I am splitting this post into two. This first half is all the cameras I acquired in my first year of lomography. Stay tuned for the next post where I talk more about 35mm cameras and films! Do you have any film experiences you’d like to share?
I went to my first WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) convention back in February and was inspired to try my hand at boudoir photography. This is an area I had never even considered of tapping into, but I can say that after two shoots I am very eager to try out more. Boudoir is an up-and-coming area of portrait photography that women are discovering can be great investment. Looking and feeling beautiful is something that every woman wants and I feel like I can give that to women through my boudoir photography.
I did a photoshoot for my dear friend Kiana and absolutely fell in love with style and feel of a boudoir shoot. Typically a boudoir session is shot in the client’s bedroom, but since we are college students with little room interior decorating, we did the shoot in two locations outside. Kiana is a natural and romantic personality, so the beach and the woods were perfect for her shoot. I only chose a few images to show since these were for her boyfriend and I want to keep majority of the images a special thing just for him.
Over this weekend I decided to try another boudoir session with a friend from back home. Emily has the most beautiful tattoos and she contacted me looking for some professional photos of them. We did a quick photo shoot in my home and the setting really works well with her. One of her tattoos is a phrase in Latin that reads, “Alis volat propriis” which means, “she flies with her own wings.” The birds seem to be flying off her body and it creates an incredibly beautiful tattoo.
I am definitely interested in pursing this kind of photography, along with all the other forms of portraiture that I do. If you are interested in working with me I am still offering some test runs (as I am still figuring out my boudoir style)! Have you tried doing a boudoir session yet?
I’ve been using my current logo for almost a year now. I am so happy with it and it has really helped me feel like a brand for all of the clients I’ve had. I met Daniel van Beek back in 2003 when I started up Kendo (Japanese fencing…more about in a future post!) and we became friends shortly after starting up. He has always had a talent for art and design, and even worked as a graphic designer for UC Davis’ The California Aggie. He is now going to grad school for psychology, but still likes to do freelance design work when he can. I love supporting local and up-and-coming artists to help out their businesses and portfolios. He does logo work and illustration, usually with a more modern twist, but he was kind enough to work with me and integrated my personality into these logos. Daniel is an amazing graphic artist and wonderful friend. If you like his work, try contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you found him through me.